Drug addiction treatment can be very effective. Alcohol is one of the most widely used drug substances in the world. Alcohol use and binge drinking is a major public health problem. Alcohol is used by more young people in the United States than tobacco or illicit drugs. Treatment drug abuse can be very effective.
One national survey found that 20.4 million Americans aged 12 or older had used an illegal drug in the month prior to the survey. This estimate represents 8.3 percent of the population aged 12 or older.
Drugs that are illegal include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin and hallucinogenics. Legal drugs that are frequently mis-used include alcohol, prescription medications and inhalants.
Marijuana was the most commonly used drug (14.8 million past month users). Among persons aged 12 or older, the rate of past month marijuana use was 6.0 percent.
Alcohol and marijuana are two of the most frequently abused substances in the U.S. Our intensive outpatient program provides addiction treatment for drug abuse, including both marijuana and alcohol, and has been proven to be highly effective.
Drugs that are illegal include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin and hallucinogenics. Legal drugs that are frequently mis-used include alcohol, prescription medications and inhalants. Marijuana was the most commonly used drug (14.8 million past month users). Among persons aged 12 or older, the rate of past month marijuana use was 6.0 percent. Treatment for drug abuse is available in Memphis, TN.
Alcohol and marijuana are two of the most frequently abused substances in the U.S.
What is considered to be safe drug use?
The occasional use of alcohol or drugs, in small to moderate amounts is considered to be safe for most people.
What is the definition of substance abuse?
Using any substance to ‘get high’ is drug abuse. This includes marijuana, prescription medications and alcohol. This is also called ‘substance abuse’ or ‘chemical abuse’ and is a disorder that can be treated. Symptoms of this disorder may show up in work, social or interpersonal relationships. Substance use may result in lapses in fulfilling responsibilities at home, school or work. These behaviors are red flags that treatment for drug abuse is needed.
The definition of substance abuse includes behaviors such as missing work or school, poor work performance, neglect of household duties, arguments with spouse and the use of substances in physically hazardous circumstances.
Signs of drug abuse can also involve legal problems, such as DUI’s, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, and possession of an illegal substance may also be signs of abuse. Despite repeated problems, the continued use of substances signals a drug-related problem and treatment for drug abuse might be necessary.
What is addiction?
A person is who struggling with drugs may need to take larger amounts of the drug to achieve the same effects. These individuals may be unable to reduce or stop their use despite problems in important areas of life, such as family and work. In fact, so much time may be spent in the pursuit of drugs that these other areas of life are ignored. These symptoms are the classic behaviors that are the definition of addiction and clearly indicate a need for addiction treatment for drug abuse.
Addiction is also called substance dependence or chemical dependence and the extended abuse of any drug can lead to addiction. Addictive drugs may result in needing more of the drug to get the same effect. Physical signs of withdrawal when the drug is unavailable are also signs of chemical dependency. Addiction is the combination of the dependence on the drug and developing a tolerance to the drug that results in needing more of the drug to achieve the same effects. Signs of tolerance, withdrawal or dependence are clear signs that treatment for drug abuse is needed.
How do I know if someone has a problem with drug abuse?
They may have difficulty fulfilling personal or work responsibilities, trouble with the law or use substances in physically hazardous situations. Increased relationship or social problems may be seen. The misuse of prescription medication can also be a sign of problems with drugs. The most commonly abused medications can be found here.
How do I know if someone has a problem with drug abuse, drug dependency or drug addiction?
If someone is using any substance that interferes with their ability to function in any area of their life, or it causes significant impairment in fulfilling their responsibilities, these are clear signs that the person has a problem and could benefit from a professional assessment and treatment for drug abuse or drug addiction.
What is integrated treatment?
Treatment for dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders is referred to as integrated treatment, because both the substance abuse and psychiatric problems are addressed in the same dual diagnosis treatment program. Research shows that for dual diagnosis disorder treatment, integrated treatment is the most effective, especially when compared to substance abuse treatment alone or psychiatric treatment alone. Unfortunately, effective dual diagnosis treatment programs can be hard to find as traditional alcohol and drug treatment programs believe that after sobriety has been achieved many of the psychiatric problems will go away, or only after sobriety can they be treated. Research has shown that neither of these positions is accurate and that an effective dual diagnosis disorder treatment program requires an integrated treatment approach. Our integrated treatment program relies on the principles of harm reduction, stages of change and motivational enhancement to treat dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.
Addiction Treatment for Drug Abuse Works
Research has identified some basic principles that form the foundation of effective drug addiction treatment. No single treatment fits all individuals. Treatment must attend to each individuals needs, not only the drug dependence.
People who abuse drugs are also more likely to have co-occurring psychological disorders, such as depression or anxiety. These individuals are also more likely to have other chemically related disorders, such as alcoholism. To increase the chances of successful treatment for drug abuse, both the psychological and substance abuse disorders must be treated at the same time.
However, just like other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, different people have different levels of treatment success. Some people stop using and remain sober. Other people may be able to cut back and moderate their drugs so that it no longer interferes with their life.
Some people have long periods of sobriety with bouts of relapse. Still others cannot stop using for any length of time without continued treatment, aftercare and support. It is not uncommon for multiple courses of treatment for drug abuse to be necessary to sustain recovery.
Remaining in treatment for drug abuse an adequate period of time is critical for treatment to be effective.
Our peer reviewed treatment outcomes have shown that our intensive outpatient program is highly effective in the treatment of drug abuse and treatment for alcoholism. When patients are admitted to our program they are abusing substances about five days a week on average. After about six weeks in our treatment program these same people were able to reduce their use of chemicals to an average of zero to one day per week. Whether you are suffering from alcohol abuse, drug abuse or dual diagnosis disorders, our treatment for drug abuse, alcohol abuse and dual diagnosis disorders has proven to be effective.
How can a person get help for a drug problem?
To learn more about our approach to substance abuse treatment, read our program description and blog posts. Getting treatment for drug abuse in the early stages of the addiction process can increase your chances for a successful recovery. The sooner you get treatment, the quicker you can reclaim your life.
If you or someone you know might have a problem with drugs it is important to seek help right away. If you or someone you love is suffering from chemical dependence, please give us a call to set up an appointment and get the help you need now. Treatment for drug abuse is available and effective!